In the Arts page article "Oscar Voters Break With Tradition," April 1, the author implies that "The Silence of the Lambs" is a "particularly violent" and "raunchy" movie.
I wonder whether the author and I saw the same movie. I did not find the film to be violent, on the contrary, it was no more violent than "Bugsy," which was also nominated for best picture. Nor did I find the film to be "raunchy." I think the most remarkable achievement of "Silence" is director Jonathan Demme's tasteful and moral treatment of a disturbing subject.
I am greatly impressed and gratified that the Academy this year broke with their tradition of honoring glossy but empty films like "Bugsy" and "The Prince of Tides," and instead honored the most finely written, directed, and acted film of 1991.
And, unlike the author, I would find it disappointing if the Academy Awards turned into nothing more than a forum for airing "socially constructive" political views. B. Youngling, Dayton, Ohio
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